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Female priest: Coming soon to a church in Albany (NY)
WNYT ^ | September 13, 2013 | Abigail Bleck

Posted on 09/15/2013 5:09:15 AM PDT by NYer

ALBANY -- Eleven of the country's 100 women who call themselves and work as Catholic priests will gather in Albany this weekend for the ordination of Mary Theresa Streck into the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. 

Streck, who grew up at a church in Loudonville and joined and left a convent, says Catholocism has been her life-long calling and becoming a priest is a fulfillment of her faith.

"To facilitate bringing people together to celebrate Eucharist and all celebrate Eucharist together.  We are all saying the words of Consecration and all praying together in a community of equals," Streck explained of her calling.

The ceremony will be performed by a bishop affiliated with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  Bridget Mary Meehan was one of the country's first women priests and denounces the Vatican's position that this is not a valid ordination.

"We are faithful Catholics who love our church and who embrace the vision of Jesus and the Gospel," said Bishop Meehan.

Once ordained, Streck will lead what she describes as an inclusive, Catholic community of about 40 people -- men, women, gay, straight, divorced, married and single -- at a Unitarian church in Albany.

"(People) who have been pretty much disenfranchised from the church and so they look for spirituality, a place they feel welcome and a theology that resonates in their heart and soul," added Streck.

Despite her new position, Streck plans to also attend a church within the Albany Diocese.

According to Diocesan spokesman Ken Goldfarb, "...A woman who claims to be an ordained Roman Catholic priest has separated herself from full communion with the Roman Catholic Church Further, the sacraments she celebrates are not considered valid in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church."

"It's really about sexism," added Meehan.  "There is a blockage with women not seeing them as true equals.  The gift of our movement is we are equal images of God."

Goldfarb stated, additionally, that sacraments like communion are a private matter between a pastor and an individual.

Streck's ordination is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Church on Washington Avenue in Albany.


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1 posted on 09/15/2013 5:09:15 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
Despite her new position, Streck plans to also attend a church within the Albany Diocese.

Well .. the women priests have finally arrived in my hometown! I wasn't invited but how tempting it is to drive over there for a good laugh. Despite taking on this new "ministry", Ms. Streck still finds a need to attend a Catholic Church on Sunday. Perhaps to challenge Bishop Hubbard to formally excommunicate her as one of his final acts before stepping down next month.

2 posted on 09/15/2013 5:12:05 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer

They can call themselves anything they like it doesn’t make it so.


3 posted on 09/15/2013 5:14:29 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: NYer

no...she would be a pretender, not a priest(ess).

I do not know what the future portends....but for the past 2000 years it has been the stated rule that a priest shall be a man. (though if my history is right, there may have been a female pope in the 13th century that hid her womanhood)


4 posted on 09/15/2013 5:15:39 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: NYer

For anyone who can’t make this ceremony, perhaps you can stop by my place this afternoon to attend my coronation as the King of England.


5 posted on 09/15/2013 5:19:14 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: NYer

They can call themselves anything they want. They are not Catholics and they are not Priests.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 5:20:21 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: NYer

There was a Roman Catholic priest in Phoenix, Vernon Meyer, who was going through the motions of ordaining women as priests.

He got himself formally excommunicated.


7 posted on 09/15/2013 5:20:51 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Vaquero
though if my history is right

It is not. There was no Pope Joan and no gap in which such could have been inserted.

8 posted on 09/15/2013 5:22:08 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Vaquero
God is male, Jesus is male, The Holy Ghost is male (he), the writers of the Bible are predominantly male, the priests from Genesis on are male, the prophets are male, (the prophetess's are few), Adam was created first and it is stated a woman is a usurper if she takes the role of priest or minister.

HOW can a woman preach or teach Eve was a beguiler because she was hooked by a clever tongued devil ?


It is all wrong, wrong, wrong, and no amount of I love Jesaus just as much as you do will change that.

9 posted on 09/15/2013 5:23:17 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: NYer

-— Once ordained, Streck will lead what she describes as an inclusive, Catholic community of about 40 people — men, women, gay, straight, divorced, married and single — at a Unitarian church in Albany. ——

I pray that these people come to their senses. In the meantime, they’re in the right place.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 5:25:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Vaquero

(though if my history is right, there may have been a female pope in the 13th century that hid her womanhood)

Well, I’m sure Mary Streck buys into it.

FReegards


11 posted on 09/15/2013 5:28:04 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: traderrob6

Agreed. They are not Catholic. And it’s not about sexism.


12 posted on 09/15/2013 5:29:59 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: NYer; Chode

Easy stomach easy, don’t turn over now...


13 posted on 09/15/2013 5:33:39 AM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: knarf

-— God is male, Jesus is male, The Holy Ghost is male (he), ——

Jesus’ human nature is male. Since priests act in the Person of Christ, it is fitting that they be male. Even more importantly, Jesus chose men to be his Apostles, at a time when priestesses were not uncommon.

While the First Person of the Trinity is referred to as God the Father, God is pure spirit. The title has real meaning, but it’s analogical.


14 posted on 09/15/2013 5:34:20 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The question is why not go where they are wanted; the Unitarian Church is a good start.


15 posted on 09/15/2013 5:40:12 AM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: NYer

*Despite taking on this new “ministry”, Ms. Streck still finds a need to attend a Catholic Church on Sunday. *

In defiance of her excommunication, and to make manifest that the heretic Hubbard will do nothing to inhibit her.

*Perhaps to challenge Bishop Hubbard to formally excommunicate her as one of his final acts before stepping down next month.*

Finally.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 6:01:47 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: Romulus

Agreed. Bishop Hubbard will do nothing....as usual.


17 posted on 09/15/2013 6:16:33 AM PDT by piusv
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To: NYer

Jesus in a recent Gospel reading commented on how to choose a place of honor and to take the lowest place.

A proud Christian, that is, a proud follower of the humble Christ, is a contradiction in terms. Christ, the Son of God, lowered himself to our level when he took our human nature. He was born in a stable, reared in the obscure village of Nazareth; earned his meager meals as a country carpenter; died on a cross as a malefactor with two thieves as companions; was buried in a stranger’s grave. Could he have done more to induce us to listen to his counsel when he said: “Learn of me, for I am humble of heart?”

Why do these Catholics need to go elsewhere and away from the Catholic Church that was established by Jesus? God gave us free will, but it must hurt when so many turn away.

Let us hope that the Prodigal son returns.


18 posted on 09/15/2013 6:18:37 AM PDT by ADSUM
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To: NYer

Prepare for the excommunication.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 6:23:12 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: NYer

God bless her but she is not a Catholic Priest. No such thing.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 6:38:17 AM PDT by waxer1 (A Republic if you can keep it--Benjamin Franklin. Well we lost it.)
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To: NYer

Will they be referring to her as “Father Mary Theresa Streck”?


21 posted on 09/15/2013 6:41:32 AM PDT by Heart-Rest (Good reading ==> | ncregister.com | catholic.com | ewtn.com | newadvent.org |)
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To: NYer

I doubt Bishop Hubbard would excommunicate her. He’s probably secretly cheering her on from the sidelines.


22 posted on 09/15/2013 6:42:02 AM PDT by Bridesheadfan
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To: NYer

I guess she wants to be excommunicated.


23 posted on 09/15/2013 6:42:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

We should get a huge group of young girls to show up wearing mantillas.

“Hi Mother Streck! I’m wondering if you can help us out. Now that you’re a priest, you can say Mass, right?”
“Yes.”
“Great! Would you say Mass for us sometime?”
“Absolutely.”
“Oh, that’s wonderful. We’ve been looking for someone to say the Latin Mass for us and have had REAL problems finding male priests do it.”
[crickets]
“I thought not. Have a nice day!”


24 posted on 09/15/2013 6:43:41 AM PDT by Claud
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To: arthurus

Why do all these `womyn priests’ look like aging dykes with butch haircuts?

IMO for the same reason they don’t want to be known as `priestesses’.


25 posted on 09/15/2013 7:10:13 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: NYer

Some were sent, some just went . . .


26 posted on 09/15/2013 7:14:32 AM PDT by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Morgana
excommunicate and shun it and all involved...
27 posted on 09/15/2013 7:20:07 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
Just curious: why would the Catholic Church excommunicate and shun all involved with female priests and yet allow Pelosi, etc. to partake of the mass? Or let pedophile priests continue in the Catholic Church and not in jail? Or allow rebel cardinals to run amok? It seems like “selective outrage and doing something about it” to me.
28 posted on 09/15/2013 7:28:51 AM PDT by smvoice (The 2 greatest days of your life: the day you're born. And the day you discover why.)
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To: NYer

Does,nt bother me, well maybe some other wise i would not even respond.

They can call themselves Priests, Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, pentecostal, or anything else.

Just so they don,t call them selves believers in our Lord because all we have to do is read the scriptures to prove they are not.

And come to think of it they do not claim to be Christian or believers, here is what they claim-—


We are faithful Catholics who love our church and who embrace the vision of Jesus and the Gospel

They embrace what they see as the vision of Jesus and the Gospel but they do not even claim to believe in Jesus nor the Gospel but only the vision of it, nothing more than words to make people see them as anything except what they are which is unbelievers.

1 Timothy 2
12
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

This is what they are supposed to teach
Titus 2
3
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Note, Paul is teaching this to the people in the church which they need to embrace if they want to be in the Church, any church.

Those of us who are not in the Church just need to embrace the gospel of our Lord, and we should support the Church, but how can we support a Church that does not support what the scripture teaches?


Now tell me this, if the men in the Churches, not just the Catholic Church but a good many Churches were doing their job would this be happening?

The point i am making is that if the ministers of the Gospel would just stick with what the Gospel plainly states.

But when they get away from the gospel and start adding to the gospel and taking away from it why can,t the women do the same thing?

Can,t anyone see where all of this is coming from?

We have had the Gospel for two thousand years and there have been many who have tried their best to prove it wrong, and have failed, now in what looks to be the last days of Church history the Churches them selves are bringing in Ministers who have nothing in mind except a career and have no regard for the Gospel at all.

It appears to me from what the new Pope has said that he is well aware of this and is trying to do what he can to put it back on the right track but it really looks like it has already gotten to the point of no return.


29 posted on 09/15/2013 7:31:20 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: NYer

Egomaniac. Nothing she does is about Jesus.


30 posted on 09/15/2013 7:46:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: smvoice

The bottom line is that the Catholic church can state the rules, but it has no enforcement mechanism at a level greater than an individual priest refusing them communion, and other sacraments, if he knows of their status, which is often not the case.

Eventually this will come to a head, though how this will happen is a good question. For example, George Soros now funds “faux Catholic” organizations that fight the church, and are often staffed with non-Catholics; and they even have the gall to solicit Catholics for funding, to steal from the church and real Catholic organizations.

Bands of villains may decide to systematically disrupt church services, to drive away congregants. It’s anyone’s guess.


31 posted on 09/15/2013 7:46:26 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Thanks for your reply. It’s very confusing from the outside looking in.


32 posted on 09/15/2013 7:47:38 AM PDT by smvoice (The 2 greatest days of your life: the day you're born. And the day you discover why.)
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To: NYer

That’s a telling, “inclusive” painting she’s portrayed with ... some vestral/Wiccan thing?


33 posted on 09/15/2013 8:33:39 AM PDT by mikrofon (Wymyn "priests")
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To: NYer

Roman Catholic Women Priests
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
NO SUCH THING - Never has been never will be.


34 posted on 09/15/2013 8:38:32 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: DuncanWaring

He got himself formally excommunicated.


Used to burn heretics in the old days........Vatican must be getting soft (in the head).


35 posted on 09/15/2013 8:42:12 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: elcid1970
Why do all these `womyn priests’ look like aging dykes with butch haircuts?

because they are "aging dykes with butch haircuts."

36 posted on 09/15/2013 8:44:32 AM PDT by verga (Liberals, homeschoolers and protestants, not all that different if you look closely enough)
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To: smvoice
they shouldn't!!! and pedophiles come from all churches/denominations... all of them should be crucified

but why do you ask and what has it got to do with the article posted???

37 posted on 09/15/2013 8:57:18 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

How do you feel about priests marrying and having families?


38 posted on 09/15/2013 9:00:07 AM PDT by grania
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To: knarf

“it is stated a woman is a usurper if she takes the role of priest or minis”

Forgive my ignorance, but can you point me to that passage?


39 posted on 09/15/2013 9:01:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ADSUM

A proud Christian, that is, a proud follower of the humble Christ, is a contradiction in terms. Christ, the Son of God, lowered himself to our level when he took our human nature.


Agreed, but the Church itself teaches against that very concept by putting the pope basically in the position of God here on earth, and others such as the cardinals in high places.

Mark 10
42
But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


So why would they have need to return to a Church which pointed them in the wrong direction to begin with?


40 posted on 09/15/2013 9:29:17 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: smvoice
i looked at your posting history, seems 99% of your posts are anti-Catholic on religious threads, you're a real one trick pony... and you still didn't answer my question.
41 posted on 09/15/2013 9:30:46 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
-— Once ordained, Streck will lead what she describes as an inclusive, Catholic community of about 40 people — men, women, gay, straight, divorced, married and single — at a Unitarian church in Albany. ——

I suppose it would just be too simple for her to become a Unitarian minister; or, an Episcopalian minister. No, this is a political statement and nothing else.

42 posted on 09/15/2013 10:07:39 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: 9YearLurker
For context, the entire chapter;

1 Timothy 2

King James Bible

A Call to Prayer

1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Instructions to Women

9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

43 posted on 09/15/2013 10:09:12 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

This site seems to address serious translation issues leading to that interpretation:

http://christianfeminism.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/the-mistranslation-of-1-timothy-211-12/


44 posted on 09/15/2013 10:55:08 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Feminism, by definition, is the theory of political, sociol and economic equality of the sexes, particularly women are equal to men.

Nowhere does scripture EVER imply, let alone state, that men and women are equals.THUS

For you to direct me to the oxymoronic christianfeminism site is an insult to your ability to argue against the clear position of the scriptures.

45 posted on 09/15/2013 11:38:51 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

A Freeper should be above launching an ad hominem (and ad situm) attack, rather than engaging with the argument and evidence presented.


46 posted on 09/15/2013 11:50:11 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: grania; St_Thomas_Aquinas
How do you feel about priests marrying and having families?

It may come as a surprise to learn there are married priests in the Catholic Church. How do you feel about married priests?

47 posted on 09/15/2013 11:56:29 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer
I actually think that married priests are a good idea. In a time of near-global moral decline, the example of a priest with a traditional Christian family sends the right message.

When I was growing up, my dad was Roman Catholic and my mom was Russian Orthodox. I think church events with the priest and his family set a nice tone in the Orthodox church.

48 posted on 09/15/2013 12:05:17 PM PDT by grania
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To: Chode

I haven’t answered your question, herr Chode, because I haven’t been home. Had I known you would be asking for my papers, I would have stuck around waiting for your rude reply. I asked because I was curious. Note: WAS CURIOUS. Now not so much. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. I won’t let anyone know that a (((((screech))))) non-Catholic actually got you to post to them. Now carry on with your bad self.


49 posted on 09/15/2013 12:23:40 PM PDT by smvoice (The 2 greatest days of your life: the day you're born. And the day you discover why.)
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To: grania; St_Thomas_Aquinas
When I was growing up, my dad was Roman Catholic and my mom was Russian Orthodox. I think church events with the priest and his family set a nice tone in the Orthodox church.

Like you, I grew up Roman Catholic with a celibate priesthood. Ten years ago, I joined a Maronite (Eastern) Catholic Church with no formal switch of rites (not necessary since Catholic is Catholic). In October 2005, speaking to the 11th General Synod Fathers, gathered for their eighth meeting at the Vatican, Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, who is Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon--a Catholic rite which allows for married priests--addressed the issue (of married priests), which has been brought up by many, particularly in light of the U.S. sex abuse scandal, of commonly permitting married priests in the Roman rite. The Cardinal defended the practice of the celibate priesthood and discussed the beauty of the tradition, calling it the "most precious jewel in the treasury of the Catholic Church."

While pointing out that "the Maronite Church admits married priests" and that "half of our diocesan priests are married", the Cardinal Patriarch said that "it must be recognized that if admitting married men resolves one problem, it creates others just as serious."

"A married priest", he said, "has the duty to look after his wife and family, ensuring his children receive a good education and overseeing their entry into society. ... Another difficulty facing a married priest arises if he does not enjoy a good relationship with his parishioners; his bishop cannot transfer him because of the difficulty of transferring his whole family.

It is the policy of the Maronite Church that only celibate priests be allowed to serve in the diaspora (outside of Lebanon). The majority of Maronite parishes in the US are small by comparison to their Latin Rite counterparts. We can barely support a celibate priest, much less a wife and children.

50 posted on 09/15/2013 12:38:32 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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